Tobacco Control

On January 2, 2010, a law went into effect prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars in North Carolina entitled an ACT TO PROHIBIT SMOKING IN CERTAIN PUBLIC PLACES AND CERTAIN PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT (S.L 2009-27) referred to as the NC Smoke-free Restaurants and Bars Law.


If you observe or note a possible violation, please notify the owner or manager of the establishment. They are responsible for compliance and are required to direct a person who is smoking to extinguish the lighted tobacco product. If your issue is not resolved at the establishment, please submit a Complaint Form to file a formal complaint.

At this time, electronic cigarettes are not included in the Smoke Free Restaurants and Bars Law. However, because the impact to public health is still unknown, and to reduce confusion when attempting to enforce policies, we encourage all restaurants and bars to be progressive in their commitment to public health by implementing a smoke free tobacco policy that includes electronic cigarettes.

Electronic smoking devices, often called e-cigarettes, heat and vaporize a solution that typically contains nicotine, and are often designed to look and feel like a real cigarette.
The devices are made of metal or plastic tubes that contain a cartridge filled with a flavored liquid that is vaporized by a battery-powered heating element. The aerosol is inhaled by the user when they draw on the device, as they would a regular cigarette. The user then exhales a cloud of secondhand aerosol which includes toxins and other pollutants. -American’s for Nonsmokers Rights, 2016

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